On: February 19, 2024     By: Kari Crane

How to Identify and Apply FTA Rules of Origin

Unlocking the benefits of free trade agreements (FTAs) often hinges on one crucial factor: rules of origin (ROOs). But their complexity often holds companies back. This article is your guide to understanding, locating and applying ROOs to your products.

On: February 14, 2024     By: Kari Crane

Create a Bank Draft to Get Paid for Your Exports

If you're concerned about securing payment for your international exports, bank drafts offer a layer of trust and protection, especially when dealing with unfamiliar clients or regions. This article explains how they work, benefits for exporters, and how to use them with letters of credit and documentary collections.

On: February 12, 2024     By: Arnesh Roy

House Bill of Lading vs. Master Bill of Lading

A house bill of lading is always a receipt for a shipment from one exporter, while a master bill of lading is a receipt that could potentially cover the shipments of many exporters, as they are consolidated by the carrier into a larger shipment.

On: February 7, 2024     By: David Noah

Standard vs. Routed Export Shipment: What's the Difference?

There's a difference between a standard export shipment where the buyer arranges the international transportation and a routed export transaction where the forwarding agent is arranging the freight. Under the U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations, it impacts who is responsible for filing the EEI through AESDirect.

On: February 5, 2024     By: Kari Crane

How to Determine Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Rates

Leveraging free trade agreements (FTAs) can improve your bottom line and open up market access. When determining if your goods qualify for preferential treatment—and if using an FTA is worth the effort—the first step is finding the tariff rate for your goods using the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

On: January 31, 2024     By: David Noah

Exporting to Japan: What You Need to Know

The United States’ relationship with Japan is complex. Its culture, large middle class, aging population and turbulent economic history make exporting to Japan both promising and difficult. Here are some benefits and considerations for companies looking to break into the Japanese market.


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